Candidates for the M.A. degree are
required to have a reading knowledge of a foreign language, ordinarily
one from the following group: French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin,
Russian, or Spanish. A language not on this list may be chosen by
students who can show its relevance to their degree programs.
The form certifying completion of
the foreign language requirement must be signed by a member of a
university foreign language department by the middle of the semester
prior to the semester in which they will take their exams.
Candidates for the M.A.E.S. degree may either satisfy the language
requirement or take 6 credits of graduate work in the major beyond
the minimum of 31 credits.
A computer programming language may
be used to satisfy the M.A.E.S. and Publishing/Print Culture language
requirement. (Programming languages such as C++ and J2EE are acceptable;
mark-up languages such as HTML are not. The graduate committee must
approve the particular language being proposed.)
Graduate students may establish
proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways:
- By completing as a graduate student
at the University of Minnesota 2 semesters of an undergraduate
intermediate-level language course with a B- or better average
and no grade lower than a C.
- By successfully completing the
examination required at the end of intermediate-level language
courses offered in Continuing Education and Extension.
- By successfully completing the
examination required at the end of appropriate correspondence
courses, such as French 0001 (French Reading), German 0221 and
0222 (Intermediate German), and Spanish 0221 (offered through
the University of Minnesota Department of Independent Study)
or similar courses offered in other university correspondence
- By presenting evidence of completion,
within 5 years preceding UMD certification, of 2 semesters or
the equivalent of intermediate-level foreign language at the
college level with a B- or better average and with no grade lower
than a C. These courses may have been taken at the University
of Minnesota or at another accredited college or university.
One year of study is the equivalent of 12 quarter credits or
8 semester credits.
- By passing a language proficiency
examination administered by a University of Minnesota foreign
language department. The level of examination is that for a student
who completed 1 year of a college intermediate-level foreign
language course with an emphasis on reading and who has shown
higher than average proficiency (i.e., a record of B- or better).
(See "Language Proficiency Exam" for further information.)
- LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION FORM (print out this form and bring it to the Department of Foreign Language & Literatures)
- By receiving, within 5 years
preceding UMD certification, certification of reading proficiency
from any institution in the United States whose credits are regularly
accepted by the Graduate School.
Language Proficiency Exam
Administered by Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,
University of Minnesota Duluth
English graduate students taking
the language proficiency exam administered by the UMD Department
of Foreign Languages and Literatures will translate into English
sample paragraphs from critical articles. A dictionary may be
used during this one-hour test.
Please contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
at least one week before you wish to take the exam.
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